Report: Dangerous Uptick In Construction Falls - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Report: Dangerous Uptick In Construction Falls

Posted: Updated:

When construction workers fall from steel beams perched high in the air or steep roofs families, co-workers and communities suffer. The government estimate construction worker falls costs big money in lost wages, medical bills and insurance costs.

FOX 29's Jeff Cole reports why federal safety watchdogs here are desperately trying to keep workers from plunging to the earth in devastating falls.

According to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. OSHA reports in 2010 there were 264 deaths.

This summer, Philly saw a dangerous uptick. OSHA locally says it gets an inspector to the site of a fall or even a complaint of a fall hazard as soon they received word, but it's an effort challenged by OSHA's roster of just 11 inspectors to cover the region.

The serious nature of worker falls both in the U.S. and outside the country are glaringly illustrated in videos posted on You Tube.

Fall protection is required on job sites, but companies sometimes bid jobs without considering the cost of protecting falling workers.

Workers injured in falls and their families were very skittish about telling us their stories. Why? They seemed to fear it could limit the money they'd receive in legal settlements unable to work that's money they may have to live on.

  • Send A Tip To FOX 29 Investigates

    Have a tip for Investigative Reporter Jeff Cole and the FOX 29 Investigates team? Send it now!

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for submitting your tip!

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Pennsbury East and West High Schools Lockdown Lifted

    Pennsbury East and West High Schools Lockdown Lifted

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:48:13 GMT
    Pennsbury High School East and West has lifted a lockdown placed on the school after an unidentified individual was spotted in the building at 8:45am.
    Pennsbury High School East and West have lifted a lockdown placed on the school after an unidentified individual was spotted in the building at 8:45am.
  • Chestnut Hill Student Found Dead In Dorm

    Chestnut Hill Student Found Dead In Dorm

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:59:47 GMT
    Philadelphia Police found 22-year old Bradley David Amerman, a senior business major, not breathing and pronounced him dead at the scene.
    Philadelphia Police found 22-year old Bradley David Amerman, a senior business major, not breathing and pronounced him dead at the scene.
  • Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Fire in Folcroft

    Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Fire in Folcroft

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:47:07 GMT
    SkyFOX flew over the 2900 block of Heather Road when the bulk of the fire was knocked off. Fire crews arrived to the scene just before 7a.m.
    SkyFOX flew over the 2900 block of Heather Road when the bulk of the fire was knocked off. Fire crews arrived to the scene just before 7a.m.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices